TV Review – ‘Grantchester’, Series 4, Episode 1

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

On the same night we saw the first episode of ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8 via BBC iPlayer, my parents and I also watched the first episode of ‘Grantchester’, Series 4 via ITV Hub. Like with ‘Call the Midwife’, I’m basing my thoughts on the ‘Grantchester’ Series 4 episodes as a casual viewer and not as a regular one.

I have seen an episode of ‘Grantchester’ before since Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’, guest starred in one of them during Series 3. To give you an idea of what ‘Grantchester’ is about, the series is a detective drama set in the 1950s in a Cambridgeshire village of the same name.

The main stars of the show are James Norton as the Reverend Sidney Chambers and Robson Green as Detective Inspector Geordie Keating. The series is based on ‘The Grantchester Mysteries’, a crime fiction book series of short stories by James Runcie. My Mum does like her crime drama TV shows! 😀

Anyway, the first episode of Series 4 focuses on Sidney and Geordie investigating a mystery when a man gets stabbed during a talk by a Civil Rights activist. The man who gets stabbed and the Civil Rights activist of course are from this group of black people who come from many miles in Alabama, America.

I must admit, I couldn’t help think of the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Rosa’ which I saw in Series 11 with Jodie Whittaker. That was set in 1950s Alabama with a civil rights movement plot going on and it featured racial prejudice and tensions throughout. This seems to be the case here in this ‘Grantchester’ episode.

I don’t know whether it was Alabama that had the heaviest of racial prejudice, but it seems to be the case in both the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Rosa’ and this ‘Grantchester’ episode. I found it tense when racial tensions were made from the white people before the black people and vice versa in the village.

I did find it interesting when Sidney seemed to form a romantic attraction to Simona Brown as Violet Todd, a young black woman in the episode, which I’m sure would’ve been frowned upon by both sides. I do question Sidney’s approach in handling his romance with Violet, considering that he’s a vicar here.

This episode features the first appearance of Tom Brittney as Will Davenport, who is going to be taking over from James Norton as he’s leaving during Series 4. I didn’t realise Paterson Joseph, who starred in ‘Bad Wolf’/’The Parting of the Ways’ in ‘Doctor Who’, and Samuel West were in this episode.

The first episode of ‘Grantchester’, Series 4 has been interesting and enjoyable to watch. I found it tense when the civil rights movement was involved as well as Sidney and Geordie solving the mystery. It was interesting to see the working relationship between Sidney and Geordie as crime solvers in this.

Here’s hoping my review on Series 4, Episode 2 of ‘Grantchester’ will be up next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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